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The second test match between India and South Africa seems to be going to end in a draw

The second test match between India and South Africa seems to be going to end in a draw because of the weather conditions.

There has been no play at all for the last three days because of the consistent rain.

Today, there was hope of some play as there had been no rain overnight and the umpires, after having a look at the ground for 3 or 4 times, had even declared a time of 2 pm for the start of play.

But, just a few minutes after that declaration, the rain decided to play the spoil sport again and although, it wasn’t too heavy, it stayed for almost 3 hours which made sure the outfield would not be in a condition for the players to take ground.

Now, there is only one day left in the game and only a miraculous show from either of the two sides can make the result possible.

Replying to South Africa’s first innings score of 214, the Indian team was in a strong position at 80 for the loss of no wicket when the umpires called the stumps on Saturday evening.

Now, even if the weather permits India to resume their innings tomorrow, it would be highly unlikely that they would be able to take enough first innings lead till tea to back them to bowl South Africa out under that in the last session. It just does not sound realistic.

So, in all probabilities, the game would produce no result and the teams would be making their way to Nagpur with the series still 1-0 in favour of India.

Brian Lara has urged everyone associated with West Indies Cricket

Brian Lara has urged everyone associated with West Indies Cricket to lend total support to Jason Holder who has been appointed as the new test skipper of the national team.

Holder had been pretty impressive with his captaincy in 50-over format for the last few months and the administrators decided that he was perhaps ready to take the charge of the team in red ball Cricket too.

There have been concerns from different quarters regarding Holder’s age and inexperience at the test match level, but, according to Lara, the kind of maturity the Barbados resident showed in World Cup despite being under huge pressure at times, it seems he is somebody who has got natural leadership potential and if he is backed properly and is given the freedom to run the team his own way, he might turn out to be quite a successful captain.

Speaking in a chat show the other evening, Lara said, “I was commentating on World Cup games and I had a pretty close look at him and I was not disappointed with what I saw. There were many occasions when the heat was on, but, he did not get bogged down.”

Indian selectors have decided to retain MS Dhoni as captain

The Indian selectors have decided to retain MS Dhoni as captain of the ODI and T20 teams.

After India’s historic win in Sri Lanka a couple of weeks back, there were murmurs that Virat Kohli, who is the test captain at present, would be given the total charge of the team and Dhoni would be asked to play just as a player.

But, in the squads which were announced today for the limited-over games versus South Africa, it was Dhoni who was named the captain and with that, all the speculations, which were circling around, were put to rest.

Dhoni’s captaincy came under the scanner when India lost two back-to-back games to Bangladesh towards the end of the last season.

However, some reliable sources from the board had confirmed at that time as well that neither the selection committee nor the top brass was in any sort of mood to axe the Ranchi based wicketkeeper batsman from his position ahead of the next World T20 Championship.

Dhoni himself had also hinted after the World Cup semi final loss to Australia that he would continue leading the side in white ball Cricket for at least a year or so before assessing his body.

Dhoni, whose power and ability to find the gaps make him an extremely dangerous player in the lower middle order, has been quite an inspiring leader for India for quite a long period of time.

England has decided that they are going to play a slightly different brand of Cricket

It seems England has decided that they are going to play a slightly different brand of Cricket this summer.

Normally, you don’t see the English players getting that much indulged in sledging.

There might be a few words exchanged, but, most of the times, they remain quiet.

However, in the currently going test series versus West Indies, the scenes are a bit different.

They are sledging the opposition, the Three Lions and they are sledging quite a bit.

Ben Stokes led the pack yesterday when he kept having a go at Marlon Samuels without any visible reason.

Samuels, being the strong character that he is, was never going to let that go without responding.

The English guys won the battle at the end though as they managed to dismiss Samuels during that verbal battle, but, before that, the Jamaican had already put more than 100 runs to his name on the board.

And, Samuels reminded to the English team in his press conference that they should think twice before talking to him again because every time they do this mistake, it motivates him more than ever.

Virat Kohli praised most for India Best Performance this WC

Virat Kohli might have been getting praised the most for India’s winning start in the World Cup last weekend, but, there were some other Indian players too without whose efforts, it was not possible.

If Suresh Raina and Shikhar Dhawan had not batted sensibly and had not stood there at the crease with Virat for a decent period of time, the men in blue would perhaps not have posted such a big total to their arch rivals.

Raina, particularly, was the main man for India in the late overs in which the Pakistani bowers are supposed to be very dangerous with their reverse swing and all.

The left hander picked the places at which the fielders were not positioned and tried to hit boundaries in those vacant areas only.

He did not look to back his muscular power which was quite right with the big boundaries at Adelaide Oval.

Brisbane Coach dont want Andrew Flintoff to Play all games

The coaching Staff of Brisbane Heat is mindful of the fact that Andrew Flintoff is in his late thirties now and if he is made to play all the games during the ongoing Big Bash, he might break down at some point of time.

So, they are looking to manage the overseas star pretty carefully.

Heat has to play three games over the next week and it’s not easy for the veterans, especially for somebody like Flintoff, who has entered the competitive arena after a long break, to be able to get through all those games.